McAllen police officers were shot and killed Saturday, Police Chief Victor
have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,”
Rodriguez said via text message Saturday.
officers were reportedly ambushed while responding to a call in the vicinity of
Queta Avenue and 34th Street.
to Lt. Christopher Olivarez, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public
Safety, the officers were shot in that area and were transported to an area
suspect in the shooting has been shot, but that person’s condition is
sent troopers to secure the scene because the McAllen Police Department asked
for assistance, Olivarez said, adding that his agency received a call about the
incident around 4:30 p.m.
circumstances of the shooting also remain unclear.
just have very brief details right now,” Olivarez said.
enforcement and public safety sources believe the officers were responding to a
disturbance call when the shooting occurred.
man who lives near the area, and who would only identify himself as G. Lopez,
said he was working in his yard when he saw the officers arrive around 4 p.m.
after, Lopez said he heard five to six gunshots.
have a couple of guns; that wasn’t fireworks,” he said.
to Lopez, additional law enforcement arrived 10 or 15 minutes later.
that, everybody showed up and then I heard one shot,” he said. “When I heard
that one shot everybody swarmed.”
said before the shooting it was an otherwise quiet day in the neighborhood.
are expected to release more details from the scene of the shooting this
deaths occurred nearly one year after two other Rio Grande Valley law
enforcement officers lost their lives for their work in the line of duty.
Jose Luis Espericueta of the Mission Police Department was shot and killed on
June 20, 2019, while responding to reports of an armed man.
Trooper Moises Sanchez died in August 2019 after undergoing surgery for
injuries sustained in an April 6 shooting that year, in which Sanchez responded
to a motor vehicle accident in Edinburg.
statement, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, called the news of the two
deaths on Saturday “devastating.”
is devastating news to our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers
and their families,” Gonzalez said in the statement. “They served McAllen
bravely and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers.”